Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Situation Update 31
January 21, 2007 -- 11 a.m.
The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) remains activated due to winter weather conditions that continue to impact areas of Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management (OEM) is in contact with emergency managers in the affected areas and has received the following reports.
The Oklahoma Corporation Commission reports statewide, about 30,397 customers are without power. Electric service providers report difficulty getting to some locations due to extreme muddy conditions caused by thawing of snow and ice. In some locations, meters are pulled away from homes and other structures and will require property owners to hire electricians before power can be restored safely.
- PSO reports 3,976 customers are without power throughout the state. Most of PSO's outages remain in McAlester, where 3,960 customers are without power. Wilburton has 16 power outages.
- OG&E reports 7,801 customers are without power. The largest OG&E outage is in Muskogee where 6,224 are without power. Other outages are reported in Boynton, Checotah, Council Hill, Porum and Warner.
- Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives (OAEC) reports 22,301 electric cooperative customers are without power. OAEC continues to report more than 3,300 utility poles are down across the cooperative service area. Below is a list of electric cooperatives, the location of their office and the number of power outages.
Canadian Valley (Seminole) - 12
Cookson Hills Electric Cooperative (Stigler) - 400
East Central Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Okmulgee) - 3,200
Kiamichi Electric Cooperative (Wilburton) - 2,591
Lake Region Electric Cooperative (Hulbert) - 3,200
Northeast Oklahoma Electric Cooperative (Vinita) - 8,627
People's Electric Cooperative (Ada) - 390
Pryor Municipal Utility Board - 200